Redding police are attempting to return packages to their owners after arresting a woman who attempted to sell one of the stolen items on Craigslist.
Erin Marlene Casados, 33, of Anderson tried to sell a bidet, a popular European toilet fixture, after allegedly stealing it from the porch of a Redding resident, according to a Police Department news release.
The resident ordered the fixture online, and United Parcel Service delivered it to his front porch in the area of Montana Sky Drive and Dorgan Drive. The bidet cost about $500 to purchase and deliver, police said. After UPS reported that the product arrived, it went missing from the porch.
A police investigator saw the advertisement Tuesday morning on Craigslist. The ad indicated that the bidet was “new in the box” and the person who posted the ad, “Jessica,” was asking $300 for it.
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The investigator sent a text message offering $275 for the bidet and arranged to meet the seller in the parking lot of a Taco Bell restaurant in Redding.
When investigators arrived in the parking lot about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Casados was waiting with the bidet in the trunk of her silver Toyota Camry, police said.
After initially denying that the bidet was stolen, police said Casados admitted that she took it from the front porch of a house. The original packing slip with the owner’s name was still in the unopened box.
In a further search of Casados’ car, police found a stolen wallet and checkbook, along with several additional stolen packages from other locations in Redding. Police said they have identified at least four locations where packages were stolen from front porches.
Investigators learned that the wallet and checkbook were stolen from an employee of Copper Ridge Care Center in Redding earlier in the morning. Casados is accused of stealing the wallet during a visit with one of the residents of the care facility. The wallet and checkbook were returned to the employee.
Investigators were attempting Wednesday to return the stolen packages to their rightful recipients. Police said many of the packages contained gift-wrapped items.
Casados was booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property and possessing heroin.
Police urge residents to check often for package deliveries, and to ask a trusted neighbor to pick up the packages if they are at work.